Sunday, July 18, 2010

Domaine du Font-Sane Cotes du Ventoux, 2005

From the same vintage as the Grand Prieur Cotes du Rhone (below) and from vineyards only a few kilometers away, this Font-Sane Ventoux has a distintly different personality. The color is medium deep crimson but with none of the bluish tones of the CDR. Pepper, spice, flowers and berries are all there but in a different proportion and format. At this stage, the wine is all red fruit, not as ripe as the Grand Prieur perhaps but more lively with a lifted minty, herbal quality to the aromas. Two summers ago, this was the wine that our resident hummingbird tried to dive bomb in the glass, and it still has some of those come-hither qualities although it is beginning to show some signs of maturity.

Like the two wines below, this red Ventoux can safely accompany any summer dish featuring fresh vegetables and herbs. And if you have a strip steak or lamb chop on the grill, all the better.


  1. Hi Fred,

    I just want to say that I really enjoy your blog, and especially your writing style and descriptive terms. I plan to buy some inexpensive Bordeaux futures, something I have never done before, based on your recommendations.

    All the best from Oakland,


  2. Hi Aidan,

    Thank you. I'm glad you enjoy the blog. And I think you'll find the wines I mentioned to be excellent values. Everybody chases the big names, but there are many excellent Bordeaux wines that have changed little in price or quality over the past 30 years.

    Thanks again.